Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Every Thanksgiving I, like most SparkPeople, are trying to figure out how to get through the food fest day of the year without gaining weight. Most of us are probably thinking, "If I can just maintain, I'll be happy, never mind about losing weight." I've thought the same thing. This year, my family went at it a bit different. We took Chef Meg's recipes and made them fit our lifestyle and it worked. I managed to lose a little over 1/2 pound and I still could have put more exercise into the holiday, but it seems amazing at how simple it was. But then SparkPeople make the entire process seem simple. I know it's not, but sometimes when I look back, it all seems so simple.
What was my surprise discovery this Thanksgiving? You know those bottles of Sparkling White Grape or Apple? I love those things. I stay away from alcohol because of the sugar, but you know I never even thought about looking at the nutrition label on the Sparkling White Grape and when I did this year, I nearly fell over. It's ALL sugar! Next year, I'm getting regular White Grape and mixing it with sugar free soda water or, if that still won't work, I'll find something else to make it feel like I fit in with the crowd around me all merrily drinking something I can't drink any more. I haven't even investigated alternatives yet, so suggestions will be appreciated. I may have to just give up on the "drinks" and live my life with filtered water, period. Oh well! Better living takes work since I learned it all wrong in the first place. Onward!!!
Thanks SP and SPFriends for making my journey easier than I ever thought it would be.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Our pool heater is dead! Every morning I go to the pool to check on the temp and pray that they fixed it yesterday and that it is at least getting warmer, but no luck. Having a pool that feels like ice water in Florida is like - have I moved to Antartica?
Now I get to figure out another form of sweating and killing myself with harder work. Well, I could be dead...then I wouldn't have to worry about any of it!
That is not going to work either. I guess the only thing left for me is to get out there and walk. Come on legs, it's flat ground! Last night's stair climbing machine is tucked away in the exercise room and I promise not to go near that door today. Ugh!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I went to a hydroponics (plants growing in water) farm not far from home and actually picked my own Swiss Chard and Spinach. I haven't been able to do that since my mom had a garden and she grew green beans, both red and white Swiss Chard, beets and tomatoes. So fun. I could have picked enough to supply several people who love Swiss Chard, but I held myself back.
I couldn't leave until I had several different things, acorn squash, string beans, and Brussels Sprouts. I went there on Friday and so far we have devoured the green beans and the Brussels sprouts. I never liked Brussels Sprouts before. I don't like tart or bitter. But you cut these guys in half and sauté them in bacon. The bacon hides the bitter taste and I can eat them. They are so good. Tiny little cabbages full of flavor and a little crispy around the edges. Tonight we had the beans. I don't usually like fresh string beans, but they are so good with a little salt and microwaved in a little water. Tomorrow - the Swiss Chard!
I can tell you, there is a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I love fresh veggies!
Check out your local farms when they are harvesting and if you have a CSA, check them out and seriously consider joining, if you can. The expense of fresh is worth every penny.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I know I eat breakfast every morning, but I also know that I am never hungry until nearly noon. I have spent most of my life not eating breakfast, but since I joined SP I have learned the reason for eating breakfast is too great to ignore and far outweighs the problem of not being hungry, so I eat.
That gave me a new problem; what to eat. Now that I have been with SP for several years, I still wonder what to eat. I know what I need, I just don't feel like eating it. I love high-carb, high-calorie breads like pecan rolls and I even have a favorite Bisquick recipe for them. I have tried many times to throw that recipe away, but I know where to get it so that seems to be a hopeless attitude. It's one of those things I have also learned is something I can't have. "I don't need it" attitude does not work for me, but "Poison" or "Killer food" works great. Same thing for D-Donuts and MickyD's sausage & egg breakfast. In fact the big D-Donut store and MickyD's have a huge sign across their doors (in my mind) that says, "KILLER FOOD".
Its great that I have learned to eat breakfast, I just wish that my stomach would at least anticipate this daily ritual by cooperating and making me feel hungry.
Drat! Always positive! Maybe tomorrow!
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